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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 19, 2010 10:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-08-19.sbd.miller.88172.sbeok.flac16

Been meaning to post about this one all day but I only got around to checking it out just now - had to make sure it was as good as I remembered. The true gem here is the Playin' > Comes A Time. The jam is impassioned melodic exploration with bright and sunny tones as they move towards Jerry's ballad. Comes A Time is a rare treat and Jerry pours everything he's got into this one. Words cannot do this justice - it's a must listen.

Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t03 - Franklin's Tower ->
d1t04 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t05 - Dire Wolf
d1t06 - Cassidy
d1t07 - Row Jimmy
d1t08 - Me And My Uncle ->
d1t09 - Big River
d1t10 - Althea
d1t11 - Easy To Love You
d2t01 - Feel Like A Stranger

Set 2:
d2t02 - Little Red Rooster ->
d2t03 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t04 - I Know You Rider ->
d2t05 - Estimated Prophet ->
d2t06 - Eyes Of The World ->
d2t07 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t03 - Comes A Time ->
d3t04 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t05 - Around And Around ->
d3t06 - Alabama Getaway

Encore:
d3t07 - Johnny B. Goode

Overall, this show has high energy and snappy playing. Even the Easy To Love You sounds great - it's nice to hear a young Brent before his vocals became so gruff. Stranger is solid as is the first-ever Rooster. CCS>Rider is excellent. Estimated is really intense with nice leads from Jerry and Brent. Eyes is not cream of the crop but there is a nice lead break in the middle and some trippy weirdness as we move into drums.

Enjoy!

This post was modified by deadpolitics on 2010-08-20 05:14:08

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 20, 2010 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Thanks - I can't pass up a Miss Half Step > Franklin's

P.S. this AUD is reeeeeaaaaaalllyyy nice

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-08-19.naks.munder.8739.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 19, 2010 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Love the Uptown! Beautiful place. Wasn't at this one, but was at a bunch before then, in '78 and '79. Either I had really good seats, or every seat at the Uptown was good. I don't know how many people it holds, but there's a nice intimate feel, as I recall.

FYI, maybe you caught this one, too; it's listed as a Staff Pick. (My only show that's a Staff Pick! Woo hoo! Can't honestly say it's up there with 6/23/74 or 9/19/70 or Cornell '77, but hey, I was pretty thrilled to see it up there ...):

http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-12-05.aud.warner.19418.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-20 05:54:21

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 20, 2010 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwbuOrDw5T8

Nice slideshow of Uptown Theater photos - what a beautiful place. Musta been a crazy place to dose with all those statues and gold ornamentation.

It's hard to imagine a bunch of hippies invading that place... looks more like a suit/tie and evening gown type of place. Never been there before and my only impressions of Chicago are O'Hare (ugh...) and Union Station (craaazy busy).

I'll check out your '79 this afternoon. Enticed by that 16 minute Shakedown and the He's Gone > OO > jam segment

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 20, 2010 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

AltheaRose, I couldn't agree with you more about the Uptown Theater being such a beautiful place - what an amazing lobby!! While the sound was very good, it was not as crystal clear as in the acoustically perfect Auditorium Theater, thankfully, the people at Jam Productions continued to place the Dead in such alluring and intimate venues at a time when promoters in other parts of the country were putting them in much larger facilities with terrible acoustics and little to no aesthetic charm. We were so grateful for those multiple night runs in such wonderful spaces. I was shocked, and a bit saddened to see that the Uptown has been closed since 1981. Though now that Jam has bought it, there is hope.

and to answer your question, the Uptown Theater held nearly 4,400 - 10% more than the Auditorium which holds just under 4,000.

also, I remember being able to go outside of the theater during intermission and get some fantastic ice cream - those were some hot summer nights - and then being able to go back in by just showing our stubs . . . how civil and considerate

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Poster: deadmax Date: Aug 20, 2010 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Interesting DP. A show that starts with a Half-Step/Franklin's is going to be fantastic of course but what's odd to me is that the first set ends with Stranger. Is that the only time they did that? Can't wait to hear how the end the song because it usually doesn't have a BIG fisrt set closing. THEN, they open the 2nd Set with Little Red Rooster? This doesn't seem right until I went and saw that it was the first time they had played the song since 1965. Just a little 25 year break that's all. To add to the weirdness they end the first set with ALABAMA GETAWAY. I don't think I've ever seen that either. You know this is a very special show. Thanks for the looky-at.

I listened to both the AUD and the SBD and since I wasn't there I prefer this particular SBD over the AUD. Just a lot clearer.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 20, 2010 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Maybe the fact that they were playing in Willie Dixon's back yard had something to do with bringing it out that night . . .

I was at that show, and the Rooster second set opener was a nice surprise, and when they went right into China Cat, the place went wild.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 20, 2010 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Really? They didn't play Little Red Rooster for 25 years?!? They sure made up for it later, then!

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Poster: deadmax Date: Aug 20, 2010 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

No wait. 15 years. 65 to 80.

Sheesh! I can't even do simple arithmetic!

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Aug 20, 2010 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Second set was a boot in the early 80's: 'European Tour 1980' & one of my early favs (4/28/80 1st show...). Same source as the aud?